WHEN TO GO
The best time to visit Siena is definitely when you hold the Palio di Siena, which takes place in early July and mid-August, and is considered the oldest and most famous Palio of Italy, with horses and jockeys races. As well as in Siena Summer is also nice in the off season, in May or September when days are mild and the atmosphere is quieter.
Siena is one of the most endorsed cities of Tuscany, known for its rich artistic heritage, historical and cultural. Its historic center was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The links with the past and the traditions are very strong and are celebrated in the historic Palio di Siena where each year challenging the city districts. The heart of the city not only offers many architectural beauty but also workshops and shops where you can find crafts and typical products like sweets: Ricciarelli, panpepato and cantucci.
The city of Siena is divided into Terzi and Piazza del Campo is the point at which ideally meet the three hills on which the city stands. The division covers the historic part of the city between the old walls. The Third City is the highest and most ancient and extends to the southwest. Here there are the Cathedral, the complex of Santa Maria della Scala and the Church of St. Nicholas of Carmine.
The Third of Camollia extends in the north in the direction of Florence and includes the citizen, Salimbeni palace over, the sanctuary of St. Catherine, the church of Santa Maria di Provenzano, the Basilica of San Domenico, the Fontebranda source and the Medici Fortress. The Terzo di San Martino stretches south-east and includes the fort fortified center of Castel Montone, St. Martin’s Church, the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi, the St. George church, the synagogue and the Pope Lodges.
The historic center of Siena is a ZTL (limited traffic zone). Around the walls and in the center there are several parking fee, the larger-Fortress Stadium, just a few minutes’ walk from the stadium and the old city, perfect for those coming to Siena for the Palio.
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WHAT TO SEE
If you only have one day to visit Siena can concentrate on its historical center from Piazza del Campo with its shell-shaped and terracotta floor. Here is the Fonte Gaia, the largest town fountain decorated with sculptures by Jacopo della Quercia. Overlooking the square is the Town Hall, which houses the Museo Civico, and Torre del Mangia, 400 steps to 87 meters, from where you can enjoy one of the best views of the city.
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In Piazza Duomo is the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, which is the cathedral of the city, a church in Romanesque-Gothic style, impressive for the use of white marble, and attractive both inside and outside on the marble decorations walls and floor and the works that are preserved, built by the great Donatello, Michelangelo, Nicola Pisano and Pinturicchio. Inside the Cathedral is the Piccolomini Library frescoes by Pinturicchio, and which houses precious manuscripts. Also in the Duomo are the crypt with frescoes of the Sienese school of the thirteenth century, the Baptistery and the Cathedral Museum, one of the oldest private museums.
In the historic center, in front of the Duomo, it is located the complex of Santa Maria della Sala, one of the oldest hospitals in Europe, where many works of art and temporary exhibitions are hosted.
Also worth seeing is the National Art Gallery, among the most important in Italy, is located in Brigidi palaces and Buonsignori and houses works of art of the Sienese school.
If you have more days to visit in Siena you can explore with the tour of two, three and four days, or you can do thematic itineraries in and around the city, surrounded by nature of Chianti.
WHAT TO DO
ART, CULTURE, FOOD AND WINE
Siena is a city of many faces, enjoyable and challenging from many points of view. The old town offers visitors for its architectural, historical and artistic but also to the shops where you can find handicrafts and food and wine products. Unmissable traditional Palio ill, that we recommend you to add a visit to one or more districts, to know the true history of Siena and the Palio. Do not miss the Siena Jazz Festival and festivals of the Musical Academy Chigiana.
CRAFT AND SHOPPING
They are famous craft shops of leather workers, blacksmiths, weavers and potters, concentrated in the street Town, street Stalloreggi, Via Banchi di Sopra and Via Montanini. The avenues with greater concentration of boutiques and shops are trai Via Banchi di Sopra and Piazza Matteotti. There are also many jewelers and shoe shops.
Siena is a city that lives most of the day and night: the Sienese nightlife is fairly quiet. You can still enjoy a happy hour or dance in the most famous clubs, which are the Sabroso Disco dancing and the Red Baron.
SPORT AND NATURE
Nature enjoys particularly in autumn and spring, when the hills are colored in beautiful autumn colors or spring blooms. You can go hiking, trekking, bike riding is in the historic center and in the hills of Siena to discover the villages of Chianti.
WHERE TO SLEEP
The city abounds in hotels, lodges and bed and breakfast. There are also many cottages, perfect for visiting the beautiful hilly areas.
FOOD AND WINE
Here is the best of Tuscan cuisine. Do not miss the appetizers with the salami of the area, the crostini with chicken livers or spleens, typical Pici (homemade spaghetti), the many varieties of cheese, gingerbread, the “Pan with the Saints” with nuts and raisins , ricciarelli and the seahorses. Among the most famous wines, as well as Chianti, Rosso di Montepulciano, Moltalcino Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino.